chapter  25
Elizabeth Grosz
‘Woman, Chora, Dwelling’
Pages 13

A feminist might take many different approaches in exploring the theme of women

and architecture. For the purposes of this brief analysis, I will remain silent regarding most of them, leaving undiscussed the sometimes crucial issues of sexism and the often manifest discrimination against women in architectural training,

apprenticeship, and practice. Such issues are best discussed and understood by those actively involved in the profession, who have not only first hand experience of the operations of discriminatory practices, but also have insights into the internal exigencies of the system in which they work, and an understanding of the various

strategies pragmatically at hand in architectural institutions to transform them into sites of contestation. My concern here is with a series of narrower and more theoretical issues that link the very concept of architecture with the phallocentric effacement of women and femininity, the cultural refusal of women’s specificity or corporeal and conceptual autonomy and social value.